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swing music

noun
1.
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[swing] /swɪŋ/
noun
1.
Also called Big Band music, swing music. a style of jazz, popular especially in the 1930s and often arranged for a large dance band, marked by a smoother beat and more flowing phrasing than Dixieland and having less complex harmonies and rhythms than modern jazz.
2.
the rhythmic element that excites dancers and listeners to move in time to jazz music.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of swing:
a swing record.
verb (used with object), swung, swinging.
4.
to play (music) in the style of swing.
Origin
special use of swing1
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British Dictionary definitions for swing-music

swing

/swɪŋ/
verb swings, swinging, swung
1.
to move or cause to move rhythmically to and fro, as a free-hanging object; sway
2.
(intransitive) to move, walk, etc, with a relaxed and swaying motion
3.
to pivot or cause to pivot, as on a hinge
4.
to move or cause to move in a curve: the car swung around the bend
5.
to move or cause to move by suspending or being suspended
6.
to hang or be hung so as to be able to turn freely
7.
(intransitive) (slang) to be hanged: he'll swing for it
8.
to alter or cause to alter habits, a course, etc
9.
(transitive) (informal) to influence or manipulate successfully: I hope he can swing the deal
10.
(transitive) foll by up. to raise or hoist, esp in a sweeping motion
11.
(intransitive) often foll by at. to hit out or strike (at), esp with a sweeping motion
12.
(transitive) to wave (a weapon, etc) in a sweeping motion; flourish
13.
to arrange or play (music) with the rhythmically flexible and compulsive quality associated with jazz
14.
(intransitive) (of popular music, esp jazz, or of the musicians who play it) to have this quality
15.
(slang) to be lively and modern
16.
(intransitive) (slang) to swap sexual partners in a group, esp habitually
17.
(intransitive) (cricket) to bowl (a ball) with swing or (of a ball) to move with a swing
18.
to turn (a ship or aircraft) in order to test compass error
19.
(slang) swing both ways, to enjoy sexual partners of both sexes
20.
(informal) swing the lead, to malinger or make up excuses
noun
21.
the act or manner of swinging or the distance covered while swinging: a wide swing
22.
a sweeping stroke or blow
23.
(boxing) a wide punch from the side similar to but longer than a hook
24.
(cricket) the lateral movement of a bowled ball through the air
25.
any free-swaying motion
26.
any curving movement; sweep
27.
something that swings or is swung, esp a suspended seat on which a person may sit and swing back and forth
28.
  1. a kind of popular dance music influenced by jazz, usually played by big bands and originating in the 1930s
  2. (as modifier): swing music
29.
See swingbeat
30.
(prosody) a steady distinct rhythm or cadence in prose or verse
31.
(informal) the normal round or pace: get into the swing of things
32.
  1. a fluctuation, as in some business activity, voting pattern etc
  2. (as modifier) able to bring about a swing in a voting pattern: swing party
  3. (as modifier) having a mixed voting history, and thus becoming a target for political election campaigners: a swing state
33.
(US, informal) free scope; freedom of activity
34.
(mainly US) a circular tour
35.
(Canadian) a tour of a particular area or region
36.
(Canadian) (in the North) a train of freight sleighs or canoes
37.
go with a swing, to go well; be successful
38.
in full swing, at the height of activity
39.
swings and roundabouts, equal advantages and disadvantages
Word Origin
Old English swingan; related to Old Frisian swinga, Old High German swingan
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Word Origin and History for swing-music

swing

v.

Old English swingan "to rush, fling oneself," from Proto-Germanic *swenganan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German swingan, Old Frisian swinga, German schwingen "to swing, swingle, oscillate") denoting "violent circulatory motion." The meaning "move freely back and forth" is first recorded 1540s. Related: Swung; swinging. Swing shift first recorded 1941, typically 4 p.m. to midnight.

n.

late 14c., "a stroke with a weapon," from swing (v.). Sense of "an apparatus that swings" is first recorded 1680s. Meaning "shift of public opinion" is from 1899. The meaning "variety of big dance-band music with a swinging rhythm" is first recorded 1933, though the sense has been traced back to 1888; its heyday was from mid-30s to mid-40s. Phrase in full swing "in total effect or operation" (1560s) probably is from bell-ringing.

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swing-music in Culture

swing definition


A kind of jazz generally played by a “Big Band” and characterized by a lively rhythm suitable for dancing. The bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller played swing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for swing-music

swimmingly

adverb

Wonderfully; quite nicely: does swimmingly at illustration


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Idioms and Phrases with swing-music

swing

In addition to the idiom beginning with
swing
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